Friday, April 5, 2013
WR Booth starts tour in SEC, adds offer
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Instead of going to the beach for spring break, ESPN Watch List wide receiver Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) spent his break visiting interested colleges across the southeast and east coast. His first stop was to the University of Alabama.
“It was good,” Booth said. “They had the best facilities that I’ve seen of anywhere I’ve been so far. The coaching staff is very nice. I was able to sit down and talk with everybody. I watched these players go to work. It was a good day.”
Dominique Booth's spring break included visits to Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and Virginia Tech. The Watch List wide receiver has more than 20 offers.
The visit to Tuscaloosa paid off, as Booth received a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide. He already has more than 20 offers.
“Coach [Nick] Saban offered me,” Booth said. “He said he likes my film and everything. He said I made plays. He liked my size and everything like that. He thinks that I can be a good player for them, and that there’s an opportunity for me when I come in to be able to play.
“It was big for me because of course, everybody knows about Alabama, but I didn’t really know the situation they have at receiver. I sat down with them and talked to them a little about that, and I see that I would come in and get some [playing] time. That’s big.
“I was really wanting that offer, and I got it. It was big for everything, and they’re definitely one of my favorite schools.”
Alabama coaches told Booth they plan to send an assistant coach to Indianapolis this spring to further evaluate the 6-foot, 195-pound wide receiver.
After Alabama, Booth and his father made stops at Florida State, Georgia and Virginia Tech. They’re planning to hit West Virginia on Friday and wrap up the trip with a visit to Tennessee on Saturday.
Georgia hasn’t offered yet, but his trip to Athens stood out.
“Georgia was kind of different,” Booth said. “They were real relaxed there. Everybody talked about the success of me as a man more than football. The head coach said they were really into my education, and he sat me down and talked me through what his son did when he went to school, how he got three degrees out of it, and how I have an opportunity to do that, too.”
Once he’s done with all of the visits and returns home, Booth plans to start cutting his list down. He says he wants to get it down to three and make a decision by early June.